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Influence of Geant4 Physics List on Simulation Accuracy and Performance

by Róbert Breier, Alexander Fuss, Holger Kluck, Valentyna Mokina, Veronika Palušová, Pavel Povinec

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Authors (as registered SciPost users): Valentyna Mokina · Veronika Palusova
Submission information
Preprint Link: scipost_202209_00048v2  (pdf)
Date submitted: 2022-12-05 13:57
Submitted by: Palusova, Veronika
Submitted to: SciPost Physics Proceedings
Proceedings issue: 14th International Conference on Identification of Dark Matter (IDM2022)
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Academic field: Physics
  • Nuclear Physics - Experiment
Approaches: Experimental, Computational


A main goal of current low background physics is the search for rare and novel phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, e.g. the scattering off of a potential Dark Matter particle inside a CaWO4 crystal or the neutrinoless double beta decay of Ge nucleus. The success of such searches depends on a reliable background prediction via Monte Carlo simulations. A widely used toolkit to construct these simulations is GEANT4, which offers a wide choice of physics models, so-called physics lists. To facilitate the selection of physics lists for simulations of CaWO4 and Ge targets, we quantify their impact on the total energy deposition for several test cases.

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Resubmission scipost_202209_00048v2 on 5 December 2022

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Anonymous Report 1 on 2022-12-7 (Invited Report)


Same as in the previous submission


Mostly same as in the previous submission but some unclear statements have been clarified in the 2nd version.


Criteria met; recommend to publish

Requested changes

Abbreviation for goodness of fit is used in Conclusions but I do not see this to be introduced earlier.

I suggest to say explicitly in Figure 2 and 3 captions which detector size was used. This is not clear.

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